South Africa Ranked Among Top Seven Nations at VISSLA

South Africa Ranked Among Top Seven Nations at VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

After four days of competition in the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, South Africa is one of only seven nations who still have all 12 team members in contention for honours in the annual event being staged at Huntington Beach in California.

The 2018 Boys U-18 Bronze Medalist, Luke Slijpen (RSA), advancing in Main Event Round 1. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

South Africa, who finished eighth last year, is joined by defending team champions Japan, event hosts USA, traditional surfing powerhouses Australia and Hawaii and rising stars Spain and Portugal at the top of the provisional rankings for the 44 nations in attendance.

Luke Slijpen has already reached the last 16 in the U18 Boys Main Event stream and is on track to equal or improve on the bronze medal he clinched for finishing third at Huntington Beach last year. His teammates Eli Beukes, who posted the highest single wave score and heat total in the division earlier in the event, and Tide-Lee Ireland have dropped into the gruelling Repercharge Rounds.

Daniel Emslie is flying the South African flag in the last 16 of the U16 Boys Main Event stream, while Brad Scott and Luke Thompson, the standout performer on the opening day of the world’s biggest junior surfing event, will be doing their best to reach the grand finale of their division via the Repercharges

All three of the U18 Girls have lost once in the double elimination format used at ISA events. Caroline Brown and Summer Sutton will be up against each other, along with rivals from Canada and Israel in their next heat. Tayla de Coning will take on her peers from USA, Netherlands and Morocco with only the top two in each heat advancing to the next round.

Ceara Knight franked her talent by earning an excellent 8.33 point score from the judges in her opening encounter and along with Zoe Steyn remains in the U16 Girls Main Event stream. Kayla Nogueira will be taking the longer route to honours via the Repercharge Rounds.

Main Event competitors from all four divisions will be in action in the waves on the North side of the Huntington Beach pier today (Thursday), while the Repercharge rounds for the U16 Boys and Girls will be run on the South side.


All the action on each day of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships can be followed live at which also features news, images, video footage and statistics for every heat.

The competition runs until Sunday 3 November and starting at 4pm South Africa time daily.

Surfing South Africa is the recognised governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Mountain Bike Sensation Ike Klaassen Wins Last Event Of The Year

Stellenbosch – Last week saw young Stellenbosch MTB rider and champion Ike Klaassen once again show his skills at the Western Province champs at the Hellsend Dirt Compound, which can be found on the farm where he lives. That’s right, he has his own track, his own training ground on his doorstep, and it seems to be seriously paying off.

Ike Kaasen ©Eric Palmer

It was only the second race that has ever taken place at Hellsend, and it was an exciting event and a great race with a lot of people in attendance and competing.  The track has a nice, long flow trail, and dirt jumps from beginner table-tops to advanced doubles.

“It was cool to have an event here,” said Ike. “The track has been around for a while, and I wasn’t able to compete in the first race here, so this was my first time racing on the track.”

Ike was obviously tuned into his own track, and knew the best speed-lines and what needed to be done to get the best times.

Ike Klaasen – © Eric Palmer

“I won the qualifying race in my age category and then got third overall, and missed second place by 0.1,” said Ike. “In the race run I won by something like 20 seconds, and got third overall again, which was pretty cool.”  

The result was a fitting finish for the 15-year-old rider who had an epic year, competing in the Audi Nines as well as at Crankworx.

“Crankworx was the two best weeks of my life,” said Ike of his time at Whistler Valley in Canada. “It has been a dream to go to Whistler for a long time, so it was supersick to go there during the best time, during Crankworx.”

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Michael February at Huntington Beach California to support South Africa’s junior surfers

Michael February on hand at Huntington Beach California on Day Three to support South Africa’s junior surfers

Huntington Beach, California, USA, October 29, 2019 – South Africa’s former ISA World Junior Championships and World Surfing Games competitor, Michael February, was at the beach on Day Three to support the young South African surfers who are representing the country at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.

The 2018 Boys U-18 Bronze Medalist, Luke Slijpen (RSA), advancing in Main Event Round 1. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

February, who has represented South Africa in four World Junior Championships, the ISA China Cup and three ISA World Surfing Games, spoke about his experience at the ISA World Junior Championships between 2008 and 2011.

“Competing in the ISA World Junior Championships is definitely among some of my fondest memories,” said February. “It is a great experience for these kids as they begin their surfing careers. They get to travel to a rad destination with their closest friends and see the rest of the world. You hear about all the big names from Australia, the USA and so on but you come here and see everyone from all over the world in the same place”

February added “Surfing’s inclusion in the Olympics is awesome. I’ve seen it come full circle from competing in the ISA World Juniors, the World Surfing Games, and now seeing the sport included in the Olympics. My advice to these young surfers would be to soak it all in and enjoy it for what it is. This is the most fun you will ever have.”

South Africa’s Luke Thompson from Durban who posted the highest heat score on Day One, and his team mates, Daniel Emslie of East London and Brad Scott of Kommetjie, all made it through their Round Two Main Event heats in the Boys U16 division.

“I came here last year for the first time and it was the best trip of my life,” said Thompson. “I surfed against the best in the world and came 9th. This year I am aiming for gold. I am super proud to represent South Africa. It can be a lot of pressure representing a whole nation, but regardless, it’s amazing to have this opportunity.”

The first group of surfers were eliminated in the Repercharge Rounds on the third day of competition at the 2019 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship presented by Visit Huntington Beach.

Twenty-four surfers out of 342 competitors bowed out of the event after losing for their second time in the competition. Due to the unique team spirit of ISA events, these surfers still will remain at the event to support their compatriots in the upcoming heats.

Day three of competition kicked off with 3 foot waves and variable winds. The Main Event and Reperchage heats ran across the dual podium format.

 Japan’s Monnojo Yahagi locked in the highest heat total of the day with 15.87 in the Boys U16 Division.

Team New Zealand’s U18 Girls made impressive rebounds in the Reperchage Rounds with Saffi Vette and Estella Hungerford producing the two highest heat scores in the division.

Peru’s Sol Aguirre posted the highest heat total in the U16 girls division.

In the U18 Boys Repercharge Round One Maksymilian Michalewski of Poland was managed the highest heat score of the round.

Another surfer from Africa, Morocco’s Lamiri Alaoui Ranya advanced through her Girls U18 heat and spoke about the unique Reperchage format, as well as her pride to surf for her country.

“It’s great to have another chance to compete in the Reperchage Rounds. It’s a second opportunity to show what you are able to do and, if you are lucky, you can continue to fight and try to keep advancing.

“It’s an honour to represent Morocco and especially to be part of the development of women’s surfing in my country.”

American Samoa’s Liam Wilson advanced through his Reperchage heat in the U18 Boys division, to keep his dreams alive. Wilson is representing American Samoa for the first time in the World Junior Championships after making his and his country’s ISA debut in the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan last month.

The official Surfline forecast is predicting a reinforcing south swell to mix in with a peaking northwest swell on Wednesday. Offshore winds are expected throughout the day, which should create excellent conditions for the world’s best U18 surfers.

The 2019 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is broadcast live until November 3 on

Photos, videos, heat results and the daily schedule can also be found at

Competition takes place at the North and South podiums at Huntington Beach Pier each day from 4pm South Africa time.

The Vissla ISA World Junior Championships Event site. Photo ISA – Reed

Media release Robin de Kock, General Manager, Surfing South Africa

World Surf Leauge Studios Unveils ‘Transformed’ Season 2

LOS ANGELES, CA/USA (Monday, October 28, 2019) – The World Surf League (WSL) Studios debuted today the first episode of Transformed Season 2, “Sawubona”, and teased the upcoming episodes, all stories of surf ambassadors whose lives were transformed through surfing, and who are now transforming their communities through the power of surfing. 

Pictured: Giovanni Douresseau, who is committed to sharing the life-altering gift of surfing.

Transformed is a multi-part documentary series hosted by Shaun Tomson, 1977 World Surfing Champion, that showcases how surfing can change lives and cultures all over the globe. The first season of Transformed launched in August 2019 and is now back by popular demand to tell three new stories from South Central, Los Angeles; Kingston Jamaica and Cape Town, South Africa.  

Transformed was really well-received when it launched. It sparked an emotional response from surf fans and resonated with a broader audience,” said Erik Logan, President of WSL Studios. “As part of our mission at WSL Studios, we endeavor to give voice to those doing extraordinary things through surfing. Season 2 offers powerful examples of that.”

The real-life narratives told in Transformed Season 2 shatter stigmas around surfing, and focus on how surfing changes people, their communities, and the waves of change that follow. The stories range from 15-20 minutes in length and are featured on WSL’s owned and operated channels, and can be viewed at  beginning on October 28, 2019. 

Catch-up on Season 1 HERE.

Summary of the Season 2 Transformed stories

At the age of 12, Giovanni Douresseau’s life consisted of the eight blocks of guns, gangs, and violence surrounding his home in South Central, Los Angeles. After being exposed to surfing during a youth summer program, he fell in love with the sport and met a mentor who helped him completely move past his rough upbringing. Ten years later, Giovanni is committed to sharing the life-altering gift of surfing that was given to him when he needed it most. Directed by Tyler Dunham and Brendan Calder and produced by WSL Studios in association with MakeWild Films, the episode is streaming now on, the WSL app, and WSL YouTube.

Sentinel Ocean Alliance 
For many of the boys and girls in Frank Solomon’s program, a life of poverty and crime was the only path forward. But through his Sentinel Ocean Alliance, the South African big wave surfer is keeping them in the water and off the streets. After winning Sports Charity of the Year, Frank is determined to expand and teach the kids more than just surfing. Directed and produced by Rick Wall in association with Hurley, Waves for Change and WSL Studios. Debuting on October 31, 2019.

Surf Girls Jamaica
Imani Wilmot is a Jamaican surfer using the sport to transform the lives of women around her. By bringing women together through her surf training camps, she empowers them to develop self-motivation and respect for the environment. The deep sense of community she has created around Kingston has inspired Imani’s mission to provide women of color access to surfing across the globe. Directed and produced by Lucy Jane, Joya Barrow and Imani Wilmot in association with Little Dot Studios. Debuting on November 3, 2019.

Abnormally High Spring High Tide

The coastline experienced an abnormally spring tide yesterday with the high tide waters reaching heights close to causing flooding on some canal properties.  The high waters also caused a breach in the spit and some canal property owners would have been justified to show their concern on social media. The beach and spit reparation work is certainly a matter of urgency for each spring highs there seems increased breaches of the spit.

A recent article in surfing publication Wavescape (click to read)  certainly shows support for the Property Owners NPC’s efforts to save the St Francis Bay beaches. Interesting was how virtually all comments on social media supported their efforts although but of course there were the normal negatives. Not everyone wants the beach repaired  and would seemingly prefer that St Francis Bay does not thrive. More holiday makers, more surfers, more shops and businesses employing more people is not what they signed up for when they bought their houses here.

Change is inevitable and we all need to embrace it. For us oldies it matters little but for the generations that follow, they deserve that we fix what we broke while we still can. The early development of St Francis and Santareme must certainly shoulder blame for the demise of the beach so it is only fair the older generation pay for it. There is a positive for fixing what is broken you preserve the value of your property. Who knows, maybe you will have to sell it one day to afford move into a retirement or frail care centre.

And on the subject of thriving business, the boat / yacht building certainly appears to be on the up. Below is Saturday’s launch of Nexus’ their latest yacht. A bright and beautiful addition to the portfolio of yachts and boats built right here in our tiny part of the world that is very much part of our economy.

Video posted on Facebook by Frans Loots on the exceptionally high tide on Sunday